04-19-1999, 10:55 PM #1Firefiter4Firehouse.com Guest
Vineland, NJ Station4 Battles Apartment Building Blaze
Approximately 30 fireifghters from Station 4 and Station 6 battled a garden style apartment fire on April 17. The first ariving unit on location was met with heavy fire and smoke conditions from the rear of the two-story apartment building. The first in crew, led off with a 2 1/2in. attack line. Upon gaining entry into the apartment, the crew was met with heavy fire, so the captain immediately called for the second line in and ventilation to begin. Ladder 4 was sent with its crew to the rear of the building to begin ventilation. The fire was contained to just the one apartment, with heavy smoke and light water damage done to the adjoining occupancies. The cause of the fire was a 14 year old female who was cooking fried chicken and left the food unattended. Upon returning to the kitchen, the young lady saw the fire and tried to put it out on her own, which delayed the call for help and allowed the fire to make its run throughout the apartment. The blaze took approximately one hour to bring under control. One firefighter was injured while performing ventilation operations.
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